Why have my chickens breasts increased?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by astutebunny, Sep 18, 2009.

  1. astutebunny

    astutebunny Hatching

    Jun 24, 2009
    I've had four laying hens since March: a plymouth rock, a silver laced wyandotte, a buff orpington and a black australorp. We usually let them out of their run every night before dusk so they can have some supervised free-range foraging. When I let them out tonight I noticed that my girls breasts were especially pronounced. It seemed a uniform increase amongst them so I'm wondering if this is a natural physical change preparing them for winter or if I should be alarmed. I'm pretty sure I'm not imaging the increase because my wyandotte's growth is uneven, so it looks like she has a lump on her right side. Nothing in my reading/research had mentioned, "at some point hen's breast will increase", so I'm particularly puzzled as to what's going on. Any feedback would be appreciated, thanks!
  2. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    Is the the full crop you're talking about? Often when they free range they eat a ton and their crops will look big. Check it out tomorrow morning. I bet it'll look normal again. [​IMG]

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